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Gujjar Issue

In June, he worked to defuse the violence and tension that had engulfed the Indian state of Rajasthan following an agitation by the Gujjar community demanding recognition as a backward community (scheduled tribe status) and reservation benefits. At a time when the issue was deadlocked with both the sides refusing to soften their stands, HH Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar travelled to Rajasthan and prevailed upon the agitators and government to initiate talks. Within a few days, a negotiated political settlement was reached, bringing an end to the 19-day imbroglio.